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Made in the North West Awards: 2023 Winners

Several businesses supported by the Hub’s specialist Manufacturing Service were recognised in this year’s Made in the North West Awards, including three that are also up for national awards.


The annual Made in North West Awards celebrates manufacturers that have excelled over the past year across a range of different categories.

Atec Engineering Solutions, a leading supplier of electronic and electro-mechanical engineering solutions for the defence industry and other sectors, won this year’s Manufacturer of the Year Award for companies turning over less than £25 million.

Salford-based Atec is regularly highlighted as an example of what manufacturing excellence can look like for SMEs, thanks to its success embedding continuous improvement in areas such as visual management and people development. Judges said they were particularly impressed by Atec’s investment in staff wellbeing, which includes supporting a four-day working week, without compromising productivity or customer experience.

Senior leaders in Greater Manchester SME manufacturers can see Atec’s facility in action through the Hub’s popular Made for Manufacturing leadership programme, which includes an exclusive factory tour.

Also among the 2023 award winners is Bolton-based bespoke handrail manufacturer, Handrail Creations. The company, which won the Digital Engineering/Technology Award, has been supported by the Hub’s Manufacturing Service and Made Smarter to pivot towards a digitalised future – including investing in new 3D software and equipment.

Kendal Nutricare, a manufacturer and supplier of infant milk and formula, won the Export Award for successfully expanding into the US market, while food and drink maker Lakeland Artisan was shortlisted in the Food and Drink category. Both businesses have been supported by our Manufacturing Service, between them receiving over £10,000 in grant funding to achieve their growth ambitions.

Atec, Handrail Creations and Kendral Nutricare have all also been shortlisted for the national Insider Made in the UK awards in their respective categories.

To learn more about the Hub’s manufacturing support, including the Made for Manufacturing programme, visit our Manufacturing Service page.

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